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Donna Deegan New Making Moves Host

Donna Deegan

A local TV veteran is heading back to television. Longtime First Coast News anchor Donna Deegan has been tabbed to anchor JTA’s Making Moves television show. Deegan will begin her anchor duties with the July 1 show on WJXT-4. The nationally-recognized show also airs each Thursday in late night, following Nightline on ABC25.

“Everybody knows Donna Deegan. She’s a television icon in these parts,” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “We’re very excited to have her join our program.”

Deegan, who retired from the FCN anchor desk back in 2012 to concentrate on her foundation, says joining Making Moves is the perfect vehicle to stay close to her TV roots and still continue to travel the country in support of her foundation.  

“I’m thrilled with this opportunity to keep my hands in the television business and do so with such a highly respected show like Making Moves,” Deegan said. “I’m very much looking forward to educating the community on the many important transportation initiatives that are on the horizon.”

Deegan’s The Donna Foundation raises money to support local women who are battling breast cancer, most notably through the 26.2 with Donna Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer held every February.  

Deegan replaces Joyce Morgan-Danford, the show’s anchor for its first six seasons. Morgan-Danford left the show to pursue elected office.  

“Joyce was instrumental to our success, especially in the early days when nobody knew about our show,” said show creator and producer Bill Milnes. “People began tuning in because of Joyce, stayed for the great stories we were able to tell, and eventually the show began to build an audience. Six years later, Making Moves is the highest-rated, independently-produced, local program in the Jacksonville market*.  

Interim anchor Terry Casey will continue to produce his award-winning reports for Making Moves.  Also new to Making Moves is former ABC-25 reporter Stacy Ellison. She joins Casey and Eugene Lindsey, formerly of WJXT-4, as correspondents for the show.  

Watch Making Moves every Thursday late night at 1 a.m. (after Nightline) on ABC-25 (in high definition on Comcast channel 431) and the first Tuesday each month on WJXT-4 (Comcast channel 437).